Two bands from Brazil (Chico Correa & Electronic Band, and Aerotrio) have provided us full length album so far. And now, this is the third one, Flu! His first release from Bump Foot consists of 13 pieces of various flavours.
liner notes (by Jimi Joe) :
Flu's music does not offer proofs or definitive results, nor does it hype itself, and although it may seem easy to listen to, when the multifaceted vase which holds all this music together dissects itself into myriad split pieces, one has to be very perceptive to really detect the multitude of influences that these fragments reveal.
People have said that Flu makes samba pop, that he is psychedelic, or that he is modern. Words are not always the most exact way of defining sounds. Flu's new record is something to be listened to and tasted in all its richness before it is labeled or thrown into one of the many preconceived pigeon-holes of pop culture classification. The music elaborated by Flu is functional in as much as it fills one of the basic rules of what is called pop music: like a healthy drug with no side-effects, it is pleasing to the senses and produces states of euphoria, going from excitement to full relaxation. Sometimes the habit, rather than the monk, dresses and disguises the prejudice in sombre colours of we agreed calling critical spirit.
To listen to Flu's new album one should undress oneself from these obvious "garments of reason" that prevent us from listening to the essence of the work. If this text sounds so unusual it is also because this new album from Flu is not exactly the most common of records. But it also does no harm to the sensitive ear to enjoy the sound nuances of each fragment patiently gathered by Flu, like a gold digger looking for the rarest of gems, to make this incomparable sound mosaic.
As seldom happens in this polluted world addicted to pop, Flu's new record is an invitation to adventure and a means to rediscover the pleasures sometimes buried by marketing strategies, over (or under) exposed media and all types of "micro-fame": the pleasure of listening to a new song, both reinvigorating and reinvigorated.
January 7, 2009 Subject:
catching the FLU has never been so good
I was about to send this set of music off to a friend because I thought the name sounded funny. I started to listen to it before I recommended it, and what a surprise, this band sounds great. I do not speak much Spanish but I really enjoyed listening to the music and infectious beats.